# Target Profit Pricing: Meaning, Methods, Examples, Assumptions and More

## Target Profit Pricing: Meaning

Target Profit Pricing, is a strategy that tells the management the total units to be sold to achieve the targeted profit for a particular period. Under this strategy, after considering total costs and profit targets, the management decides on the total production and sales for a particular period. This period can be a month, quarter, or even a financial year.

It is a step by step process, which guides the management of the company in deciding total sales volume on the basis of the total cost, selling price, and target profits. Almost every company sets profit targets and on the basis of it, they make all other decisions regarding the volume and pricing. Target Profit Pricing strategy helps the management in deciding the price of the product and sales volume on the basis of profit targets. This strategy helps the companies earn profits over and above the breakeven point.

The other name of Target Profit Pricing is Target Profit Analysis.

## Methods for Calculating Target Profit Pricing

Target Profit Pricing, uses two methods for calculating sales volume and sales price, by taking profit targets as a foundation. The major two methods are Contribution Margin Method and Equation Method. The breakeven pricing strategy uses both these methods, without considering any profits or losses. Let’s understand these methods:-

### Contribution Margin Method

This method is commonly used for the computation of Sales figures under the Target Profit Pricing’s targets. The formula is as follows:-

Total Sales Volume (Units) = Target Profits + Total Fixed Costs / Contribution Margin Per Unit

Total Sales Revenue = Total Sales Volume * Selling Price Per Unit

Where,

Contribution Margin Per Unit = Selling Price Per Unit – Variable Cost Per Unit

Contribution Margin Method helps in computing, sales volume, and sales revenues by achieving the profit targets.

### Equation Method

As the name suggests, in this method solving an equation takes place for the computation of Sales Volume. The equation method is useful for the computation of sales volume under Target Profit Pricing. The other name of this method is the Contribution Margin Method. The formula is as follows:-

Selling Price Per Unit * Total Sales Volume = Variable Cost Per Unit * Total Sales Volume + Total Fixed Costs + Target Profits

Total Sales Revenue = Total Sales Volume * Selling Price Per Unit

The equation method by using the formula will be helpful in computing sales figures by satisfying profit targets.

Let’s understand these methods by an example:-

## Example of Target Profit Pricing

Details are as follows:-

Selling Price Per Unit: \$50

Variable Cost Per Unit: \$10

Total Fixed Cost: \$1000

Target Profits: \$3000

Compute Sales Revenue and Volume by Contribution Method and Equation Method.

### Example of Contribution Method

Sales Volume = 3000 + 1000 / (50-10)

Total Sales Volume (units) = 100 units

Total Sales Revenue = 100 * 50 = \$5000

To achieve \$3000 of profits, the manufacturer has to produce 100 units of goods at a selling price of \$50 per unit.

### Example of Equation Method

50 * Sales Volume = 10 * Sales Volume + 1000 + 3000

40 Sales Volume = 4000

Sales Volume = 100 units

Total Sales Revenue = 100 * 50 = \$5000

Computation of Sales Volume and Sales Revenue takes place by solving the above equation.

The equation method and the contribution method serve almost the same purpose, the selection of the best suitable method is in the hands of management.

## Assumptions of Target Profit Pricing

Target Profit Pricing strategy has few assumptions, on which the whole strategy works. They are as follows:-

• Selling price and market conditions are assumed to be constant in this pricing strategy. The management completely ignores current market conditions and its implications on the selling price.
• In this strategy Sales Mix is assumed to be constant.
• Productivity and efficiency are assumed to be constant.
• Variable cost varies only with the change in the sales volume. This strategy ignores other factors influencing the variable cost.
• This Strategy completely ignores mixed costs. This strategy only considers separate fixed costs and separate variable costs.

The above assumptions are non-exhaustive in nature; there could be other possible pointers as well.

## Target Profit Pricing Vs Breakeven Pricing

Breakeven Pricing and Target Profit Pricing, both are popular costing strategies, with different functions. Let’s understand their differences.

## Margin of Safety

The Margin of Safety is an important component in Target Profit Pricing Strategy. As the name suggests, it acts as a safety net for the management. The Margin of Safety lies somewhere in between the Targeted profits and break-even level. In the case of Units, it is the difference between Target Sales in Units and Breakeven volume of Units. In the case of Dollars, it is the difference between Target Sales in Dollars and Breakeven Sales in Dollars.

The Margin of Safety is anything above the breakeven point and below the target point.

## Conclusion

Target Profit Pricing, is one of the popular strategies which helps the management in deciding the total units of production after covering all costs and target profits. Target Profit Pricing strategy works on a lot of assumptions, irrespective of this, it is best used in Costing. It gives the management estimates for enabling the production process. This strategy along with the break-even pricing strategy boosts the company’s production functioning. The management, however, should be clear what would be the stage and status, in case the target volume could not be sold due to the Target Price fixed. And what action they need to take to reach at least the break-even sales volume. 